Here’s today’s passage:
15:5 Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, 15:6 so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:7 Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory.
We see once again the importance of unity in the body. Our focus should be on glorifying God without letting our differences hinder us. How often we miss this!
Yesterday morning I was talking to someone at the Rockwell Rec Center where I voluteer twice a month. I was telling her about my day’s upcoming schedule and how I was looking forward to a lunch meeting of youth pastors from around town. She was amazed at the idea of pastors working together rather than competing with each other or disputing over differences. I thought how sad it was that someone like her with little church background has come to view churches as being naturally divided. How far this is from Paul’s admonition in Romans!
I liked Pastor Bob’s explanation of “receiving” another to be like pulling them toward yourself in an embrace. Just the way Jesus embraces us despite our foolish, shallow, and fickle ways. He doesn’t let our deficiencies get in the way of His amazing love!